Way back in 2013 Google purchased Waze for about US$1.3BN which was huge. Not just the dollars but the functionality Waze offers has always been excellent, so having that merged to Google Maps was very enticing. The progress has been quite slow, but interestingly users (US only at this time) of Waze have started seeing Assistant functions in Waze.
According to Android Police, the assistant capabilities give options that remove the need to divert your eyes from the road, or touch your device at all (most states have laws specifically against this…) including:
- “Hey Google, report traffic”
- “Hey Google, avoid tolls”
It’s interesting to see that many users have chosen to stick with Waze for a variety of reasons despite functions being integrated into Google Maps. Those I’ve spoken to prefer the more active traffic and Police reporting of the platform even on Android Auto.
Will this be another function we want but won’t see in Australia? Only time will tell, but it does make me seriously think about using Waze for a while.